Report: Off-Duty Redmond Cop Was Ready to Intervene at Seahawks Game

A Redmond police officer was among the witnesses to the incident involving boorish behavior by off-duty Bellevue police officers at a Seahawks game, according to documents.

An off-duty Redmond police officer was concerned enough about the actions of a group of drunk, off-duty Bellevue Police officers at a Seattle Seahawks game that he was ready to set down his toddler son to defend a Seattle police officer who confronted one of them.

And one of those Bellevue officers, who told investigators he'd had nine drinks by the time he got to his seat, made racial statements, asking the Seattle officer if his wife had been singled out for littering because she was white.

Those were among the details in a report prepared by the Bellevue Police Department's Office of Professional Standards.

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Two of the Bellevue police officers were disciplined this week after the department investigated reported unruly behavior at a Seahawks game, the Bellevue Police Department said.

Dion Robertson is a 22-year veteran of the Bellevue Police Department and a corporal who was demoted to officer and removed from the bomb squad as a result of the investigation. Andy Hanke, a police officer with seven years in Bellevue, was given 30 days suspension from duty without pay and was removed from the bomb squad.

A third officer, an off-duty detective who was with the group, was cleared of wrongdoing, according to the report.

The Bellevue Police Department this week released copies of the report, which details what witnesses and the officers said happened at a Sept. 16 Seahawks game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

Witnesses names, including the name of the off-duty Redmond officer, were redacted from the publicly released report.

A copy of the report, and the memos outlining the officers' displine, are attached to this article. Warning: The report contains vulgar language.

An 'alcohol infused event'

The four initially met up with a larger group of Bellevue police officers and their friends and family before the Seahawks game, which then split up to different entrances as the game started, according to the report.

According to the Bellevue Police Department's investigation, Hanke's wife, a city of Bellevue utilities department employee, was stopped by an on-duty Seattle police officer when she dropped an empty beer can on their way to the stadium.

Hanke approached the officer and asked her, "You’re going to pick out a cop’s wife?" and then asked the officer whether she singled out his wife because she was white, according to the witness statements.

Robertson, who told the investigator they started drinking at 9:30 a.m. and he couldn't remember parts of the incident, and Hanke reportedly continued to taunt the Seattle police officer, including calling her derogatory names, witnesses said.

According to the report, an off-duty Redmond police officer who was attending the game with his wife and two young children said he saw Hanke get in the officer's face and yell. The Redmond officer got ready to help the Seattle police officer because he thought it was a possibility that Hanke would assault her.

The five-year Redmond Police Department veteran said he was prepared to hand his 2-year-old son, who was riding in a backpack child carrier, to his wife in case the officer needed help.

The Redmond officer told investigators that Hanke was "very agitated, aggressive. In layman's terms he was being a real jerk or a-hole, is what I was kind of thinking. He was you know… trying to intimidate the… the Seattle officer," according to the report.

Robertson also joined Hanke when Seattle backup officers arrived, and called the Seattle officer derogatory names, according to the report.

When Hanke and Robertson and the two women reached their seats at the game, the two men repeatedly used the "F" word to describe the action on the field, according to another fan at the game, and then argued with the fan when he asked them to stop using vulgar language because his 12-year-old son could hear them.

The fan called stadium security, and the group was kicked out of the stadium after Robertson called the security officer a vulgar name, according to the report.

According to the report, the off-duty detective who was cleared of wrongdoing got so disgusted and angry with Hanke and Robertson that she left the group and called her daughter to pick her up from the SoDo district.

The report found that Hanke was drunk when he drove his wife and Robertson home.

Robertson was demoted from corporal to officer, and Hanke was suspended for 30 days and removed from the bomb squad, but Bellevue Police Chief Linda Pillo stopped short of firing them.

"Many in the public demanded your termination. However, given your past work record and disciplinary record, termination cannot be imposed for this off-duty alcohol infused event," she wrote on their reports.

Pillo warned them that the incident would be designated as "Serious Misconduct because it caused a significant lack of trust in our agency and an abuse of authority."

The incident could affect future decisions related to their jobs or promotions, she wrote.

Elsie Hazlett December 09, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Just because your a cop doesn't mean your God. My sister a Vet was beaten by 2 Seattle cops for making comments with cussing words at a concert. Her reaction was related to ptsd from military. They took her to jail. They should've taken these cops to jail then fired there butts. Arrogance and abuse of Authority towards woman is a crime in itself. What trust you have gained is in the toilet. Back you square one for SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT!!!!!
Elsie Hazlett December 09, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Almost forgot the worst part..... A woman cop took her down my sister to the ground then 2 other cops joined in. She had a black eye cut lip. She had to endure being humiliated by a bunch of animals in jail. She was suppose to be released that same night but Ooops someone forgot to pass the message to the jail gaurd. They almost destroyed her life. How many suicide attempts has our family had to endure since her discharge from the military ??? Only 6 in the last 3 years from abuse in the military. I'm so happy to hear about the responsible officer who was avaiable to support the woman being verbally abused at the Seahawk game. Hats off to the Redmend cop. Wish you were there for my sister!!!! This has to do with abuse of power by men. The military was the biggest mistake in her life!!!
Joe Cop December 13, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Bellevue cops are some of the worst in the nation
patricia lumaava December 13, 2012 at 05:32 PM
These cops should have been terminated from their jobs. The Bellevue Police Chief Linda Pillo or whatever her name is shouldve set an example out of these two embarrassing cops. It seems like Bellevue cops get away with a lot of "bad behavior" in their precinct. And I wonder who really is the Chief Of Police there. Kudos to the Seattle woman cop who stood her ground and the off-duty Redmond cop who ws there with his family.
David H December 14, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Wow! Some if the above comments are ludicrious. There is nothing in the above article at all that paints the picture that the Seattle Cop was mistreated because she was a female. So was the fan with a child that sat by the intoxicated cops a female? No. So your comments have nothing to do with what you are saying. Being in the service myself I can honestly say there must be more to your sisters story than what you are saying. I would never say she wasn't mistreated without knowing the facts but you have painted a pretty brawd picture that doesn't add up. I wish the best for your sister but YOU obviously have alot if hate towards men for some reason. Uneducated and a victim I imagine?? Not fair to say is it? Seems like your comments started drifting towards something other than the article. As far as the intoxicated police officers, the punishment they recieved was deserved, maybe even a bit to lienent. As police officers you are held to a higher standard. There's bad apples wherever go but I'm sure the majority Seattle area Police are professional and just. You can't peg them all for the errors of a few.


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